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Subject: 20 years done come and gone my oh my!
This three night run opened the Spring tour of 1993. This is a very solid run of shows with each concert offering something special.
There was a renewed sense of optimism in the Dead scene around this time. After his health crisis in mid-92 Jerry returned playing and singing with newfound vigor. During the first tour after his return the band debuted their sublime rendition of Rain, by far my favorite of the Beatles covers. Then came the return of Here Comes Sunshine after an absence of nearly 20 years, causing much celebration among heads. This proved to be one of the most significant revivals in the history of the band, a classic tune that hadn't been played for more than 1200 shows. Then, in early 93, the introduction of a very strong batch of new material. Including the beautiful and haunting Days Between, the last Hunter/Garcia collaboration, and one of their finest. The needle seemed to be pointed up and the more optimistic among us hoped that maybe the bands best days were still ahead. Unfortunately the brilliant promise of this GD renaissance turned out to be a sunset color after all; and by the close of 93, it had already begun to fade.
Optimism was running high as we anticipated this run of shows, the first of Spring Tour. The band lived up to our highest expectations for most of these shows. Sunshine was a fitting opener as this tune more than any other reflected the optimism permeating the scene. This is one of the very best examples of the 90's arrangement of this classic tune. Blessed with crystal clear harmonies and polished instrumentals. While these 90s versions lack the jams of their 70s counterparts, the harmonies(thanks to Vince) are much improved. Jerry absolutely rips his solo, letting everyone know he is fully present and engaged. Jerry busts out the midi early in a smoking hot Wang Dang Doodle. His solo will have you shaking your head in disbelief! One of my favorite Jerry blues solos of all time...no kidding! Loose Lucy does nothing to stop the party. Jerry again shreds his solo, really digging in. In fact, it's probably my favorite Lucy ever! Then the energy dips with a mediocre Uncle>Mexicali with the Mexicali jam stumbling a bit. An early Broken Arrow sucks as bad as subsequent versions...possibly the sappiest cover the boys ever adopted. Jerry gets the cart back on the tracks with a beautiful Row Jimmy with a fine midi flute solo. Very early versions of Eternity and Liberty close the set, sounding very primitive.
A classic China>Rider opens set two, very well played. This Victim is pretty half-assed with the closing jam reminding me of air being slowly let out of a balloon. Again Jerry gets the show back on track with Ship of Fools, Jerry rips his solo in a similar fashion to the first three tunes in set one. Juicy Playin leads into Drums, while this one doesn't get nearly as far out as the famous Cal-Expo Playin from 93, it does explore some cool spaces. The rest of the band remains onstage after Jerry leaves to forge an interesting jam. Solid Last Time out of Space into an all time Black Peter with Jerry and Vince breaking through to new levels during the closing jam. What better way to close than my first Sugar Mags! Everybody is playing their hearts out, especially on the extended Sunshine Daydream.
The Knockin encore is well played, though it trips me out that they boys would cover a G&R song.
I got audience tapes of all three shows soon after the concerts and have listened to them literally hundreds of times over the years, so I think I have a fairly objective opinion of the music played. All three offer something special, particularly worth checking out is the Ken Nordine Space from the 11th. The 10th is the most solid overall, featuring the final Mind Left Body Jam.
Hard to believe its been 20 years!
5 stars for CM SBD
5 stars for opening three songs
4 stars for the show overall
Subject: Nice Soundboard
The sound quality is great especially for a place a lot of ppl hate on for the poor acoustics/audio. In the description first set is missing Broken Arrow, Row Jimmy, Eternity, and Liberty. Broken Arrow is one of my favorite Phil songs and this version does not disappoint. I like the placement of Sugar Mag (second set closer) but not the most exciting version. I will add I am jealous of the folks that were there.
Subject: When did this arrive?!
Wow i cannot believe there is a soundboard of the Rosemont shows finally available. I have had aud. copies of these shows for years and as anyone can tell you - the sound at this venue was pretty bad- and so were the aud. tapings.
Not particularly inspired or even that great of a show, it is great to hear a soundboard.Jerry is kinda sloppin' around with the MIDI earlier during Mexicali and he seems to struggle with a few verses from Loose Lucy. Nothing sounds too great until Broken Arrow. Short but sweet, a phil tune was always welcomed. Row Jimmy is pretty nice as is Eternity. This song had some nice vocal sections and ample jam opportunities. I liked the first set ending with Liberty. It was a new, jumpy Jerry tune that wasn't ballad-y. Best part about this first set was of all the new songs they played this night, we were spared of Cheesy Answers.
2nd set - China/Rider! Much better than I remember! Everyone sounds damn good. There seems to be a striking difference between first and second sets. The energy picked way up. Victim sounds strong as it creeps into play. Ship of Fools is very solid and strong- good vocals, nice playing and no flubs. Playin' is excellent and drops off into drums, not to be heard from again for the rest of the run (no reprise).
I remember being at the show and hoping they would come out of space with something really incredible. Unfortunately for me, The Last Time was not necessarily what I wanted, but it's what we got. I liken this ominous song to something like Day Job. It's just not what I wanna hear lol. During Black Peter I can hear the crowd prominently at one point for the first time, so ya know it was rockin'. The energy flowed right for the next two songs and I remember wishing they would play a double encore just to keep the night going a little bit longer but alas, that did not happen. Fantastic recording here and once again I tip my hat to the folks who provide us with this wonderful soundboard. Im being partial cause i was at this show - so it gets 4 stars.
~Let the good times roll
Subject: broken in with a broken arrow/rowjimmy
i had nothing to do and thanks to a friend i had who invited me on a road trip and put in dead cassettes of shows the whole way there it started for me,on the bus,i wanted to enjoy a road trip.in a way these are my 2 personal favorites.by loose lucy i was making my way to the stage. up close eye contact with with the singer of a song makes it feel like it was sang for you. this is my row jimmy after 2 maybe 3 times of jerry looking me dead in the eye during this. it was my first time close to the band.he seen me afew more times after this too but this was best!stars are based on personal signifacance of the songs to me,even though they are fabulous versions to me with very sentimental value.i danced away from the stage never the same again.power of a song.............GOOD TIMES/GRATEDAY!on te bus for good............glad it was my first with many more good 1nes to come,but this was still the best i ever sawwhen it comes down to it.